Durban Nightlife

Most of Durban's nightlife options is centred on the docks area, along the Golden Mile, and in suburbs such as Morningside and Westville. Durban has a lively arts scene, which reflects the city's cultural diversity - it offers a rich choice of African, Indian and western entertainment.

Bars in Durban

Billy the Bum's

Claiming to be at the cutting edge of mixology, this drinking hole serves cocktails on a large patio amongst a raucous crowd.

 Windermere Road, Morningside, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 303 1988.
Joe Cool's

A long established and very popular haunt where Durban's beautiful people hang out. Situated on the beach front, it offers seven bars across two decks, fabulous cocktails and shooters.

Lower North Beach Road, Marine Parade, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 368 2858.

This is is a classy place set in a converted historical house, with wonderful kitschy decor and plenty of beautiful folk which also serves Asian sushi and tapas.

Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, South Africa

Clubs in Durban


Is a smart entertainment venue for an older audience.

Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (082) 447 1283.
Clapham Grand

Rocks the city, especially on student night.

672 Umgeni Road, Cypress Avenue, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 303 7568.
Tiger Tiger

This is one of Durban's top nightspots, with music ranging from 80s to dance.

Greyville Racecourse, Durban, South Africa

Live Music in Durban

Rainbow Restaurant and Jazz Club

This joint plays host to some of South Africa's biggest names in the genre.

Stanfield Lane, Pinetown, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 702 9161.
The Arena

The Arena at the city's International Convention Centre is a state-of-the-art venue for major headline acts, with capacity for 10,000.

Ordnance Road, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 360 1000.
Thunder Road Rock Diner

Is a hip, grungy, rockin' little bar which has live music on the weekends. It's a a crowded stage squeezed into a tiny restaurant, which serves the typical Tex-Mare fare.

Florida Road, Morningside, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 303 3440.

Classical Music in Durban

City Hall

The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra strings together an interesting spring concert program, and there are weekly performances in the City Hall.

West Street, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 311 1111.

Theatre in Durban

BAT Centre

The waterside BAT Centre on the harbourside offers a wide range of arts disciplines, ranging from live music and theatre to poetry recitals.

Maritime Place, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 332 0451.

Music and Dance in Durban

Natal Playhouse

The Natal Playhouse is Durban's flagship theatre, staging drama, musical and dance productions.

Smith Street, Durban, South Africa
Telephone: (031) 369 9555.
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